Djou Voting Record Shows He Puts Politics Over People
Charles Djou voting record from the last time he held office shows a clear pattern of choosing politics over people…except when it comes to the super-wealthy.
Djou went to Congress during the first session of the so-called “Tea Party” of ultra-conservative, anti-Obama Republicans. Throughout his term, he consistently voted the Tea Party line when it came to helping working people during the depths of the Great Recession.
These critical issues – and Djou’s on-the-record actions – include:
- Djou twice voted against medical benefits for 9/11 First Responders who were seriously ill.
- Djou voted against federal funds to help states rehire furloughed and layed-off teachers.
- Djou voted four times against extended unemployment benefits for job-seekers laid off during the Great Recession.
- Djou voted against aid to states for Medicaid that would provide medical benefits to those who lost medical insurance when they were laid off.
- Djou voted against supplemental payments to assist Social Security recipients during the recession.
- Djou voted against Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, designed to regulate the too-big-to-fail banks that caused the recession.
- Djou voted against the Small Business Lending Fund.
- Djou opposed President Obama’s stimulus package to help end the Great Recession, including the largest middle-class tax cut in history and repairs to the nation’s aging roads and bridges.
Djou voted against these issues despite the support they received from every other member of Hawaii’s delegation: Senator Dan Inouye, Senator Dan Akaka and Representative Mazie Hirono.
During the same time period Djou was saying “no” to First Responders, unemployed job-seekers, teachers (and their students), small business owners and the middle class, Charles Djou supported tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans (which added to the federal deficit.) So much for his avowed fiscal conservatism,
Djou’s history of cutting programs for people was well established long before he went to Congress. On the City Council, he consistently voted “No” on every City and County budget – earning him a nickname “Dr. No” – and he attempted to slash city services, bus routes and upkeep of infrastructure, such as road repairs, flood control and park maintenance. His proposed cuts would have even closed police and fire stations.
In politics, your record provides the strongest proof of how you will perform in the future. It’s where your actions speak far louder than words.
Charles Djou’s record speaks for itself.